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Ambleside has a fantastic flexible learning space based in the Barn Library with additional study space in the nearby Charlotte Mason Building. The Barn Library provides learning spaces, social and flexible areas, and learning resources/library services, with particular emphasis on outdoor studies, forestry, conservation, business and leadership. There is also a café offering hot and cold snacks, IT access, networked and wireless internet connection, laptop loans, and a range of spaces available for study, meeting and research.

Opening Hours

20 June - 28 August 2022

Monday - Friday

8.30am - 5.00pm staffed

swipe access 5.00pm - 6.00am

Saturday and Sunday swipe access 9.00am - 6.00am




Explore Ambleside Campus

Map of Ambleside campus

The Ambleside campus is situated on a steep incline. If you have a disability or mobility concern, please contact Reception ahead of your visit for more information and assistance to maximise your experience. Local taxi firms are available with contact details on the internet or can be supplied if required.
Telephone 015394 30274 

Explore the Library at Ambleside Campus


Study Spaces

The open access ICT communal space and further study space on the first floor of Charlotte Mason Building is available to students Monday - Friday from 8.30am-5pm, with swipe card access from 5pm - 4am daily. The two study spaces on the first floor of Charlotte Mason Building are available to book online.



The University Support Services in the Barn act as an information point for the University campus. Staff at the library desk are ready to welcome you and to answer your queries.

If you need any information or have any questions please visit the Student Enquiry Point.

If you are studying in the evening or at the weekend and have a query please use the Ask a Librarian service.


Returning Books

If you have library books out they will auto renew until the end of your course unless they are requested by someone else. We will send you an email letting you know which book needs to be returned so please check your student email regularly.

Loans and Renewals


Key contacts

Gateway Managers: Marie Wright and Glenys Taylor
The Barn
University of Cumbria
Rydal Road
Cumbria LA22 9BB

University Support Services: 01228 88 86 42


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